Youth Today - April 22, 2019

Youth homelessness is a pervasive problem throughout the United States, and its rate has steadily risen over the years. According to the Center for American Progress, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are disproportionately affected by homelessness compared to their percentage in the overall population.

https://youthtoday.org/2019/04/homeless-lgbt-youth-how-we-can-fight-their-invisibility-including-youth-of-color/

Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/02/07/peds.2017-4211

https://goqnotes.com/62407/study-shows-lgbtq-youth-dont-fare-well-in-child-welfare-system/

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About the Biden Foundation: The Biden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established to carry on Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to public service. By leveraging existing networks and institutions to support, serve, and advocate for LGBTQ communities, the foundation is dedicated to working toward a future where all people are equal in dignity and opportunity. Learn more about As You Are: https://go.bidenfoundation.org/AsYouA...
 
About the Institute for Innovation and Implementation: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. The Institute is committed to building research-based, innovative, sustainable, and transformative child-and family-serving systems, services, and workforce capacity in partnership with government agencies; provider, community, and family- and youth-run organizations; and other leaders and stakeholders to integrate systems and improve outcomes for and with children, youth, and families involved in the public systems. Learn more about The Institute: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/

The video is part of a larger campaign by the Biden Foundation, “As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign.” Check out stories and resources on family and community acceptance!

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Friday, 30 November 2018 11:47

Welcoming All Families

Welcoming All Families
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with Voice for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children, released Welcoming All Families, which explores the impact of religious refusal laws in the child welfare system, tells stories of anti-LGBTQ discrimination against parents and youth in the child welfare system, and presents new data on the cost of keeping children in foster care. Share the report to help make the case for LGBTQ inclusion. While you’re at it, point colleagues to ACAF’s Beginner’s Guide for agencies looking for guidance on how to begin their LGBTQ inclusion efforts.

This information was gathered from the November 30th edition of All Children - All Families from Field Forward.

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Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance at San Francisco State University published an article in the Journal of Homosexuality examining the effects of sexual orientation change efforts (also known as conversion therapy) by parents, therapists, and religious leaders. Check out Just As They Are, a resource from HRC and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, on protecting children and youth from the harms of conversion therapy.

This information was originally posted in the All Children - All Families enewsletter published by Field Forward November 30, 2018.

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The All Children - All Families Webinar Series kicks off tomorrow, August 1st at 3:00 PM ET with our introductory 90-minute offering on LGBTQ competency for child welfare professionals. This webinar, along with our two other core offerings on serving LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ youth, will be presented live monthly from August to March and available on demand. All three core webinars provide 1.5 CE credits from NASW at a cost of $40/webinar. Click here to register and learn more about purchasing CEs. Note: Employees at ACAF participating agencies are eligible for a 50% discount on CEs. If your agency participates in ACAF, ask your team’s ACAF leads for the discount code to submit at time of purchase. Not sure if your agency is eligible? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request to participate today.

Looking for in-person staff training? ACAF’s 3-part training series is also eligible for NASW CE credit -- up to 18 hours! Learn more at hrc.im/acaf-training. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:30

LGBTQ Resources from Human Rights Campaign

HRC Foundation's All Children - All Families has designed, "Field Forward" for professionals and advocates in child welfare. This monthly newsletter offers best practice resources based on challenges and inquiries that you and your peers are currently navigating -- allowing you to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families. Each newsletter will also feature the latest child welfare resources, share examples of how agencies like yours are leading the field, and much more!

To learn more about All Children - All Families or to participate on behalf of your agency, visit hrc.org/acafRegister for our free online learning offerings, covering promising practices in serving LGBTQ children, youth and families!

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Toolkit to Support Child Welfare Agencies in Serving LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families

As the culture and laws related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals have become more inclusive in recent years, an increasing number of LGBTQ people are self-disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (i.e., “coming out”) during childhood or adolescence. Additionally, the number of LGBTQ individuals coming forward to serve as temporary or permanent caregivers to children and youth in foster care has increased.

This toolkit is designed to help States and territories adapt their policies and practices to meet the growing needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families. It provides links to knowledge and skill building resources, including articles, videos, tools, training curricula, tip sheets, information briefs, websites, and other products. Resources are divided into the five categories. 

Access the website with resources, click here.

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Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies Video and Guide

The Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies video and guide builds State and territorial capacity to create culturally inclusive environments within child welfare agencies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. Creating a culturally inclusive environment means developing a welcoming, culturally sensitive, supportive, and affirming agency for all people—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Culturally inclusive child welfare agencies provide children, youth, and families with opportunities to: 

  • See themselves mirrored in the agency’s art and photos
  • Feel visible instead of invisible
  • Fill out forms inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Receive respectful treatment from support staff, frontline staff, training staff, and supervisory staff

The Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies Video Guide (PDF - 219 KB) helps public child welfare agencies understand the purpose of and context for the Creating LGBTQ Affirming Agencies video and how the video can be used to support LGBTQ children, youth, and families who are involved in the child welfare system. It also includes additional resources as well as discussion questions that agencies may use to facilitate presentation of the video.

This video illustrates two versions of one couple's experience with an agency: The first version shows an agency that does not demonstrate a culturally-inclusive environment, while the second version shows an agency that does.

Video Link

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